In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFMX would like to support its creative community with a list of available links and information to help navigate these unsure times. Please check out the possible benefits available and stay safe!
NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE
The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) is encouraging furloughed
workers in the film and television industry to apply directly to non-profit relief funds for assistance, Film Office Director Amber Dodson said today.
A portion of the money going into the funds is from Netflix, which is contributing $100 million worldwide to assist industry workers during the COVID-19 health emergency. Netflix is not only paying its own laid off cast and crew members, but has pledged $15 million to non-profit foundations with applications open to all film and television workers nationwide.
For more information, go to https://nmfilm.com/covid-19/
NM STATE DEPT OF WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS (NMDWS)
The New Mexico State Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) announced support for workers who have lost their jobs, or suffered a reduction in salary, due to the COVID-19 virus. This support covers eligible entertainment industry workers in New Mexico.
NMDWS has put out the following resources to help entertainment industry workers in New Mexico:
1. Four minute video explains the unemployment benefit
2. One-page fact sheet
3) To file an initial Unemployment Insurance claim please visit www.jobs.state.nm.us or call TOLL-FREE: 1-877-664-6984.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation covers members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to COVID-19 and offers assistance for expenses such as rent, utilities, and medical bills. Information is available here: sagaftra.foundation/assistance/disasterrelief/
The Actors Fund, for professional performing arts and entertainment professionals. Information is available here: https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help
MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION FUND
The Motion Picture and Television Fund helps entertainment industry workers of many kinds and provides counseling, economic assistance for mortgages, rent, utilities, medical costs, and other necessities on a case-by-case basis. Information is available here: mptf.com/coronavirus/
INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP
In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support. For more information, visit https://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance/
NM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
NMEDD is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. Additionally, the department is working with partners across the state to identify special assistance programs and resources available to business owners. More information can be found at https://gonm.biz/about-us/covid-19-response
The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under New Mexico law, and meet other eligibility requirements of New Mexico law.
Unemployment insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of New Mexico law. New Mexico administers a separate unemployment insurance program within guidelines established by Federal law.
For more information, visit https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1770
CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department is providing a $500,000 Micro-Business Relief Program to provide vital economic support to small businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The City of Albuquerque will provide working capital grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
For more information, visit https://www.cabq.gov/economicdevelopment